Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Speedometer 55 PRO - version 1.8.2 public beta is now available!

6-7 weeks of working on iPhone X screens adjustments (100+ screens!) comes to its end (? yes, I'm always this naive!) today with 1.8.2 version build 59 beta release. 

To make it more interesting, cost settings have been reworked:




And fuel and driving range monitors added:



you can read more on beta version here.

To make this really a beta (finally!) I stoped myself from hiding one totally beta feature - the "speedographer" option - something that will be part of a 0-X acceleration mode in the future. Advanced Settings > GPS dashboard > Speed graph will reveal you this new option - beware this is a 100% beta thingy:



Yours! 
Stan.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Working on iPhone X support right now!

Don't miss major version of 1.8 for the apps - iOS 11 support and a bunch of new features! With having this done, I've already started to adapt everything for the iPhone X. Not a fan of a notch myself, but will do my best to make it a top-notch experience for you! :)


Yours! Stan.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Speedometer for iPhone/iPad - version 1.8 is here! What's new?

Main new features in this version.

"Visualize and explore" screen for the GPS Black box. (FREE + FULL VERSIONS)

Aka prove you are right or "Fortune favors the prepared!"

You can now review black box data by viewing it on a map and delve into any time span or point that data are available for. MENU > GPS Black box > "Visualize and explore" option will take you to this screen.


Using a metric screenshot here and hope to be excused for interchangeably using metric and imperial. You know the app supports both + nautical! 

You can zoom, tap, drag, pan on a chart to focus on the time range or point that you want to see the data for. Move the light blue point line to see the data for the particular moment on the map.

Light blue point line counts time backwards here, as zero point is the most recent point in the black box and you are going back in its history. In the area above it, you see exact time and coordinates for the point shown. Above this you have maximum value of speed for the selected time span. 

Now you can respond to any speeding accusation by selecting the time span under question and showing your max speed in it. More granularity is required? Move point line to the exact time under question!

What if you need this data for the later proof? When you open this "visualize and explore" screen app takes a snapshot of the stored in black box data to present on this screen. You can save this snapshot by tapping on a "Save" button. You can open this historical snapshot later by tapping on a "folder" button top-right on the screen.

Action button on top allows you to send or save the current snapshot or a historical snapshot data by email or save it iCloud, Dropbox, Facebook etc. When sharing method supports attachments (email, saving to note), black box csv file will be attached.

Warning! App records the black box data only when it runs. Free version is not allowed to run in the background and records only when it is visible on the screen. In full version, to ensure continuous recording when needed, either use MENU > WORK IN BACKGROUND or NEW TRACK to make sure app stays working in the background. Also check that counters are not paused (MENU > RESUME COUNTERS, if you are not tracking)! Later, MENU > DON'T WORK IN BACKGROUND or STOP TRACK will make sure that app dies when not present on the screen.

Youtube video on new black box capabilities: https://youtu.be/ySo00WIo3fI


Night mode for the Google map (FULL + PARTIALLY IN FREE)

Carefulness costs you nothing.

To keep you safe at night! Accessible via Advanced Settings > "Map settings" > Google map settings and then "Street map style" if you want to switch it on permanently, or there is an option at the bottom to apply the night mode for the Google map whenever main screen night mode applies. This will ensure that Google map night mode can be automatically applied when you set automatic night mode for the main screen.


FREE version users have option to have night mode for the Google map automatically applied. Safety comes first! To get to that settings screens without app offering an upgrade, use the "layers" button on the map and visit Google map settings from here, the bottom option again.


New screen for exploring and analyzing tracks (FULL VERSION ONLY)

Visualizations act as a campfire around which we gather to tell stories. (Al Shalloway)

Explore your tracks by viewing them on the map and with support of a chart where you can tap/pan/zoom to focus on the time interval or any point. This is "Map + chart" option (default) in the track viewing screen:


Using an imperial screenshot here and hope to be excused for interchangeably using metric and imperial. You know the app supports both + nautical!

But the app would not have aspirations to be your favorite speedometer app if it would not give you more views! Tap on a settings button on top to pick from 3 views possible (at the moment!):

Map + chart (the one shown above)
Map + stats
Map + cost

I'm going to cut the map part out to save your internet data, here is stats part of the "Map + stats" for the track above:

And here is the cost view part:

How the app gets to the cost of the track? You enter cost parameters on the cost dash and app saves them for the each newly created track. 

Try to share track images (action button > Share track image) on Facebook or via email and you'll see!

When there is no cost information on the track (may be you have not had it entered at the time of the track creation or the track is imported), app uses the current cost information you have setup.


"Water sports boat" mode (FULL VERSION ONLY)

There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day. (Rachel Boston)

This is done for scenarios when sound alert is not audible (a motor boat!) plus you need to be on shore before the sunset or you'll be penalized! Alerting by flashing with the digits background is good for attracting the peripheral vision.


Idle timer and alert mode (FULL VERSION ONLY)


When you can't stop for longer then for X minutes at once and constantly have to monitor idle/moving times, average speed and distance passed - You are probably a rally driver or a test pilot for BMW :). Then this is the mode for you:



MENU > MODES  and pick "Idle timer and alert" mode at the bottom.

In this mode, TIME panel shows idle/moving time monitor and allows to setup the current stop duration alert. By default, alert is disabled. Tap on a @"-------" button above the ALERT label in the time dash to open the alert settings:


You can setup both the alert timer and options for alerting as Voice, Beep or Vibrate:


Return back to the main screen and now, whenever you stop for longer than the idle alert threshold, you'll bee notified by a beep, voice message or vibration.


Flash with screen background overspeed alert (FULL VERSION ONLY)


If speedometer's sound alert is not loud enough for you, here is one more visual option to alert you when over the limit. "Advanced Settings" > "Flash alert":



New map and land nav features (FULL VERSION ONLY)


If you are an outdoor type you might welcome speedometer becoming quite stronger on a land navigation side. Not to be a secret that there is an outdoor "brother" app to speedometer  - Compass 55. Speedometer app is getting all the benefits that come from Compass 55 user experience and features. It's up to you if you decide to use them, they should not come across your way otherwise.




  • Support for both hemisphere (n/s) and latitude band formats for UTM coordinates.
  • Search on a map by place/address, coordinate or existing waypoint.
  • Holding your finger on a map opens option to create waypoint or copy coordinate of a touch.
  • Using relative or absolute bearing to a target waypoint or when navigation along the route.
  • Using total track average speed or recent speed for calculating ETE to a target waypoint.
  • Google map now supports pinning the existing track to it.
  • Dedicated section for Land Navigation in the Advanced Settings

It's just map in the app was quite useless before and now it should hopefully have a great utility value for the outdoor,  flying or boating users.


Maintenance and smaller features

  • Fixes for iOS 11 (beta and beyond).
  • Time format (24h vs. AM/PM) now has their own place in the Advanced Settings.
  • Font for showing data values changed to the "Helvetica" system one.
  • Waypoints can be now filtered by collection in the waypoints screen. Waypoints filter also has "Show all" option.
  • New option for the iPod area - time and date panel.
  • Added option for handling NO GPS time as idle or moving time. "Advanced settings" > "Zero speed and NO GPS".
  • "Countdown to sunset" panel option added to show instead of original Time and Date panel. "Advanced settings" > "Time dashboard".
  • "Idle timer" panel option added to show instead of original Time and Date panel. "Advanced settings" > "Time dashboard".
  • A lot of bug fixes and optimizations took place.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Compass 55. More love for pilots and naval navigators. Version 1.8.2.!

Relative or absolute (BRG, steer course) bearing to target.

Naive I was thinking that new airplane map pointer and course line will be it to make pilots happy! Ok, here is more love for pilots! 

Before version 1.8.2 the only way to show bearing to a target was a relative course, telling you diff between your current course and course to a target.

Now this is different with an "Absolute" bearing option which is often named BRG or course to steer. After setting "Absolute" in Settings > Navigation, the app will be showing you bearing as a course in which you should fly/drive/walk in order to get to a target:


In the example above required course to the target is 335 degrees and we are a bit off as course line on a map and green arrow tells us. Also notice how former "TARGET" is now showing "TARGET" to give you a hint that this is a "steer course", not a diff.

For the former, "Relative" option, which stays as a default, app still shows you a delta between the current and required course:

This way, we can see that we are 1 degree off from the required course and adjust appropriately. Notice how "TARGET" is used to highlight that you are using a "delta" course to the target.

Again, you'll find the switch between these two options in Settings > Navigation:


ETE - Estimated Time En route.

As app was really showing Estimated Time Enroute (time left to a target), ETA label is now renamed to ETE. New option is added to show ETE based on an instantaneous speed (averaged over short recent interval). In Settings > Navigation you can either left the default (speed average over the whole track) or this new option 'Current speed':


Bug fixes and optimizations.

No known bugs were present in version 1.8.1 and I hope I didn't introduce any in this release :)! What I found as worth tightening for iOS11 beta 1/2 has been tightened.

For the optimizations and small improvements:

Line to a target is now geodesic and shows correctly to match the green arrow direction however big the distance between you and the target is.

All route/waypoint navigation settings are now located on one screen - Settings > Navigation.



Don't miss version 1.8 updates - course line, tilemill and mobac maps import, 5 types of map pointers and a whole lot more!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Subaru/Cadillac Direct USB port and problems with iPhone's GPS reception

This is probably the most bizarre one of all possible for iPhone's GPS malfunction cases! We've been troubleshooting it with one of the speedometer users, Tom, for several weeks until Tom narrowed down the case of non-working GPS to built-in USB charging plug in his Subaru!!!

Here is a thread on Subaru forums confirming this really bizarre problem: http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/138-gen-5-2015-present/381618-outback-interfering-iphone-compass.html#/topics/381618?page=2 and here is a video that Tom agreed to share:



To troubleshoot this, just switch USB from the built-in USB charger to an external charger connected to a 12V plug or run iPhone without plugging it to the power outlet at all for a minute to see if problem is not caused by USB interference. Subaru, really?!

P.S. Here is the full video story from Tom: 



To recap, if you want to use your built-in USB charge plug with iPhone and to have GPS in iPhone functioning well, you have to start StarLink app in your Subaru. Note from Tom:
"Stan,
Also note that if users wish to listen to their music via the wired interface (appears to be better quality than via Bluetooth), they will also need the Starlink app on their iPhone. However, if they don't wish to listen to their music via this method, and they don't have the Starlink app on their iPhone, they can still activate the Starlink app on their car system, and the interference will cease. Hopefully some engineer will figure out exactly why this is, and share that with us."

Tom even experimented with a ferrite bead filter USB cable: "For your information, today I tried the a new charger cable, with a ferrite bead filter.  It didn’t help in the least bit.", but to no avail.

Hope this can make life to a few Subaru users easier! Thanks to Tom!

Cadillac owner? [Update November 3rd 2017]. It was a great troubleshooting with Jim from US who had Cadillac XTS 2017 rented and found out that actually plugging his iPhone to car's "direct USB" port made speed readings erratic. Everything worked alright with the "charger" usb port.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Compass 55 iPhone/iPad land nav app version 1.8 released.

Version 1.8 is out in the wild! Here is what's new at a glance: 
● New to the common map settings is a "Pointer" section that allows you to pick from 5 pointer types for the main map (car, airplane, boat, triangle, default).
● Map settings screen now has a section offering to show/hide a course line, configure its length and number of marks.
● Map settings screen adds an option to disable or enable waypoints grouping on a map.
● (Pro Pack) Track can now be pinned to the Google map as well.
● (Pro Pack) Use existing Rmaps, sqlitedb, mbtiles maps in the app. Prepare or use your existing maps from MOBAC and TileMill.
● UTM. Support for both "hemisphere" and "latitude band" formats.
● In the map "browse/edit" mode (when you disable map centering):
You can now search on the map by waypoint.
Red arrow tool bar at the map bottom allows to move in bearing/distance and copy red arrow coordinate.
Complete information: https://sites.google.com/a/blocoware…/speedohelp/landnav/v18

Gallery:

Imported map created previously in MOBAC based on Chartlebundle tiles:



New map pointer options:

Optional course line on a map:


With configurable length and number of marks:


Option to pin/unpin track directly in the map settings:


New options for the red arrow "plus" button. Move in direction and bearing and copy coordinate:


Plus button allowed to drop or edit waypoint at the red arrow location. Now plus button gives more options and is being more explicit about its actions:



UTM. Support for "hemisphere" and "latitude band" formats.


And a whole lot more new options, functions and improvements!